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interiors awards education By Michael Webb Photography By Benny Chan/Fotoworks project: client: FIDM San Diego Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising San Diego Clive Wilkinson Architects location: designer: Clive Wilkinson Architects designed the Orange County campus of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in 2001, and ever since, the West Hollywood-based architecture firm has enjoyed an uninterrupted association with the preeminent West Coast school for fashion and related design disciplines. Their 14 projects include a library for the main campus in downtown Los Angeles and, most recently, a new school in San Diego. They also are currently preparing an extension of the San Francisco campus. San Diego is the smallest of the four FIDM branches, and it occupies the entire third floor of a high-rise office building in a newly revitalized area of downtown. But it has its own unique character, while playing variations on themes that were first explored in Los Angeles. “The internal landscape is student-centered, supporting their experience through openness, transparency, and user-friendly spaces for work and recreation,” says Clive Wilkinson. “Vibrant public spaces contrast with quiet, neutral classrooms and study areas.” The library is a mix of both spaces, encouraging students to study there rather than just use the books. An axial concourse undulates and eddies, expanding into social gathering areas. The palette of beige and yellow tones evokes the dry, sun-baked desert that surrounds San Diego. contract january/february 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - January/February 2010

Contract - January/February 2010
Not Just for Specifiers
Designers of the Year
Legend Award
The 31st Annual Interiors Awards
Large Office
Small Office
Public Space
Adaptive Reuse
Environmental Design
Designers Rate: Ergonomic Seating
Less is More
Ad Index

Contract - January/February 2010